Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Salford Working Class Movement Library

1. Our exhibition The Great War - myths and realities closes this Friday, 19 December. Pop in any time Wednesday to Friday 1-5pm if you haven't yet caught it.

2. A reminder that the Library's opening hours over the Christmas period are as follows: the Library will close at 1pm on Wednesday 24 December 2014 and will reopen on Tuesday 6 January 2015 at 10am.

3. Library Trustee Royston Futter has got three copies of the script he put together for the recent Radical Readings fundraiser. They each have all the extracts and the poems, and are signed by all the readers. One is Maxine Peake's script, highlighted by her; one is Royston's copy with manuscript additions scribbled out during the performance; and one is the spare copy kept in case Sheila Hancock dropped hers!  In addition Royston has the original manuscript (with amendments and alterations) of his poem "Bullingdon Dave", read (or rather sung) by Sheila on the day.

These are all available to anyone who would like them in return for a donation to the library. Offers (specifying which item you are bidding for) to Royston at by Friday 2 January please.

4. The Rochdale Pioneers Museum is hosting a Pioneers 170 Christmas Celebration event on Wednesday 17 December, 6-8pm.
21 December 2014 marks the 170th anniversary of the Rochdale Pioneers opening their co-operative store at 31 Toad Lane. A team of volunteers at the Museum has been busy transcribing the original minute book from 1844. This evening lecture and launch of the newly transcribed minute book will include mince pies and mulled wine.
Free, recommended donation £2.50. Please book by calling 01706 524920 or e-mail  More details here.

5. People Make their Own History
This is a ten-week course of study delivered by the WEA in association with the People's History Museum, and held at PHM on Thursdays from 15 January to 26 March 2015, 1-3pm. It will look at seven key demonstrations that shaped our social and political landscape: from Peterloo and the Chartists, the struggles over jobs, against fascism, and for access to the countryside in the 1930s, fighting Section 28 and for LGBT rights in the 1980s, to Stop the War and against the Bedroom Tax today.
Bookings must be made in advance by contacting the WEA on 0151 243 5340 or via, quoting course ref C3837176. Fee: £65.10 or free (please enquire with the WEA).

Festive regards to all Library supporters.  We're looking forward to sharing a new Web site and new-look e-bulletin with you early in 2015.

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